Escorted by Texans GM Rick Smith, free agent free safety Ed Reed arrived in Houston aboard owner Bob McNair’s private jet at 11:30 a.m. today.

Smith flew to Atlanta, where Reed makes an offseason home, to pick up the former NFL defensive player of the year with the Baltimore Ravens.

“This is classy, man,” Reed said about McNair sending his jet. “This is southern hospitality. It’s a great feeling.”

Reed, 34, stopped short of saying he’s close to signing with the Texans, who are looking at a free safety to replace Glover Quin (who signed with the Lions).

“It’s mutual,” Reed said about his interest in the Texans. “Both of us are contenders and want to get a championship, but we still have some things to work out.

“Conversations have been great, amazing. We’re on the same page as far as what we need to get done.”

If Reed signs with the Texans, as many around the NFL are predicting, he will be close to New Orleans, his hometown.

“It would mean a lot,” Reed said. “My family’s already been calling. It’s a great feeling to know what the possibilities would be as far as what could happen (if he signs with the Texans).”

Reed, who played at the University of Miami, was a Ravens first-round pick in 2002. After missing six games in 2010, he started every game for the last two seasons, including Baltimore’s Super Bowl victory over San Francisco last month.